Tassie contractor’s digger goes pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness during October

By: Gradco, Photography by: Gradco


Throughout October, Launceston-based civil contractor Gradco Pty Ltd is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with a bright pink-painted Komatsu PC55 excavator – which it is hiring out to clients to raise funds.

Tassie contractor’s digger goes pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness during October
Tassie contractor’s digger goes pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness during October

During the month, 50% of the proceeds from the excavator's rental are going to The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

This initiative came about through the efforts of a close friend of Gradco directors, Oliver, Tom and Will Diprose, who successfully overcame breast cancer seven years ago.

Nicole Darcey – a mother of three girls and breast cancer survivor – has been raising funds through "Breasts Out For Research" or BOFR, in aid of Breast Cancer Research for the past seven years.

During this period she has raised almost $120,000 for the cause – with the ultimate goal of having achieving zero deaths from breast cancer in Australia by 2030.

"We had been looking for a way to give back to the community and to support a very worthwhile cause," said Oliver Diprose. "To support Nicole's efforts this year, we came up with the idea of the Gradco Pink Digger, and we've had a great response from our clients in the Launceston region.

"In fact it's been so strong that our Pink Digger is now almost fully booked for the whole month," he said.

Gradco is also encouraging all its clients to add their support, by assisting Nicole's fundraising efforts by visiting her fundraising site at everydayhero.com.au/BreastsOutForResearch.

A number of Gradco's supplier organisations also donated their time and resources in preparing its Pink Digger ready for the campaign. These included Komatsu Australia, Launceston Earthmoving Repairs and Scott Signs.

For more information, please visit Gradco's website at gradco.com.au.

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